This course can be taken as a Short Course for Credit or a Standalone Short Course.

Please go to the 'Upgrade to a professional qualification' section for more information.

This course looks at the development of CBRN weapons and assesses the appeal of such weapons to terrorist and related actors. Case study analysis of prior attacks and plots will be used to assess terrorist decision-making and capability in this area and to examine how they acquire and fabricate materials. Also assessed will be the effectiveness of government countermeasures in countering and mitigating the CBRN threat.


At a glance

  • Dates
    • 24 - 28 Feb 2025
  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£2,350 - Short Course for Credit fee

    £2,100 - Standalone Short Course fee

What you will learn

On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  •  To develop knowledge and understanding of the nature and scientific basis of CBRN terrorism threats, including with regard to the production, delivery and impact of such weapons
  • To develop the analytical skills to critically research, evaluate and assess risk factors associated with CBRN terrorism including those related to decision-making processes, capability, resources, sponsorship, intent and ideology
  • Display a detailed knowledge of several case studies of CBRN terrorism attacks and plots
  • Be able to engage with and critique the evidence base used to understand CBRN terrorism as well as the countermeasures for preventing and mitigating such attacks
  • Assess and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of government agency and international responses and countermeasures to CBRN terrorism

  • Core content

  • Terrorist attack planning and decision-making
  • Barriers and facilitators to terrorist use of CBRN weapons
  • Psychological elements to CBRN attacks
  • Case study analysis
  • Detection of CBRN operations
  • Preventing CBRN attacks
  • Mitigation of CBRN threats
  • Future risk of CBRN terrorism

  • Upgrade to a professional qualification

    After successful completion of this course 10 credits can be put towards the Counterterrorism MSc or Counterterrorism, Risk Management and Resilience MSc

    Cranfield credits are available for this short course which you can put towards selected Cranfield degrees. Find out more about short course credit points.


    Accommodation options and prices

    This course is non-residential. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information about our on campus accommodation can be found here.

    Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

    Location and travel

    Situated close to Milton Keynes and Bedford, the Cranfield campus is situated in Wharley End, very close to Cranfield village, and is about 10 minutes from the M1 motorway.  There is rail and road access to most major airports as well as coach and train stations. Cranfield campus also has its own airport for private executive business travel.

    Download a visitor guide including map, directions and health and safety information.

    Campus address

    College Road
    MK43 0AL


    How to apply

    To apply for this course please use the online application form.

    Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.